Bible Translation Perversions

Bible Translation Perversions

In my last post I mentioned that Jesus’ most emphatic warning to His church regarding the last days was against deception. I mentioned that in His last lengthy discourse of Matthew 24-25, being on guard against deception was the primary emphasis—giving that warning no less than 4 times in that passage.

Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. NKJV

Matthew 24:5 “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. NKJV

Matthew 24:11 “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. NKJV

Matthew 24:24 “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. NKJV

I discussed a number of issues in that article, but the issue that seems to have raised the most attention is my criticism of two newer “translations,” The Message and The Voice, which are demonstrably perverted for a New Age purpose. Since it caused concern for some folks, I decided to give some further demonstration of the problems with these products. For the sake of brevity and because it seems ironically proper, I will from here on in this article refer to The Message as MSG and The Voice as TV.

Lest someone accuse me of being a KJV Onlyist, or something, I wish to add that I worked on a multi-volume Old Testament Study Bible, Translation, Commentary, and Lexicon set for over 6 years. Also, my personal favorite English translation remains the New American Standard (NASB), even though I wish they had not relied on the critical text, which relies on the work of Westcott and Hort, and the texts of Codex Sinaiticus and. Codex Vaticanus. Both of which are corrupted texts with thousands of changes that do not even agree with each other. Yet the NASB remains an excellent translation of the Greek text used for the New Testament. The textual issues causing all the problems are almost exclusively related to the New Testament. There are other adequate, even good, English translations, as well. The English Standard Version (ESV) is very popular and quite accurate too. The 1984 New International Version (NIV) was good, so far as thought for thought (dynamic equivalence) translations go, but the new edition of the NIV and a host of others have gone with a gender neutral translation, which cannot be done with losing or changing the meaning of the biblical text. The New Living Translation is not among my favorites, but it isn’t going to spiritually derail someone. I even sort of like the old Living Bible Paraphrase as just a reading Bible for children and those new to the faith, although it is much better in the Old Testament than in the New. The real downside is that you don’t know which English word comes from which Hebrew or Greek work, so it is useless as a study Bible.

So now let me get to the matter at hand. I will repeat some of my material and add new examples that seems fitting to make the point that too many people in the church today don’t see the problems with their favorite translations because they are ignorant of the issues in Bible translation. Worse yet, they are ignorant of the biblical text as a whole.

In what is commonly called the Lord’s prayer, there is a major problem in The Message. First, I will quote the New King James Version of the Matthew 6:8-15 passage. In the formatted version, which I will post as a separate file I will put some other examples side by side for the reader to examine.

Matthew 6:8-15

8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

10 Your kingdom come.

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

13 And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

NKJV

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Everyone Wants to Experience God

Everyone Wants to Experience God

Today we hear people, Christians and non-Christians alike, talk about “experiencing God.” Most of them are not, however, looking to experience the God of the Bible. Rather they are looking to experience a God that fits their ideas, desires, and spiritual ignorance. How do I know this is so? Because they are looking everywhere and in everything to “experience God,” except in His Word—the Bible.

Right now, I’m about to anger a bunch of my Christian friends by saying this: “If you find God somewhere other than in the Bible or through a biblically prescribed method of seeking Him, you ARE NOT experiencing the TRUE GOD. You will experience a god made up in your own mind and after your own image, but it won’t be the God, or Jesus Christ, of the Bible.

Today we have heretics, apostates, and outright liars telling everyone that all religions worship the same [G]god. Anyone who says that is a damned liar, and they are leading millions of souls to eternal damnation. This is so no matter how high their station in life may be in the worldly realm of religion, politics, business, education, or whatever.

The last lengthy discourse of Jesus recorded in Matthew 24-25 warns of many things in the last days, but of all the things He warned against, He warned us not to be deceived the most—4 times in that passage.

Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. NKJV

Matthew 24:5 “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. NKJV

Matthew 24:11 “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. NKJV

Matthew 24:24 “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. NKJV

This is one way we can tell, at least for those who are paying attention, that we are in the last of the last days. Deceivers in the church are a dime a dozen. In fact, I will repeat what I have said before, that the two most dangerous places for a Christian to be are in a Christian bookstore (or the religious section of a secular bookstore), or listening to a television tuned to a so-called “Christian” station. With so many warnings in such a short span of Scripture, wouldn’t it make sense that deception of the believers in the last days is a real possibility, even a probability? I think yes! Yet most of the popular speakers and authors in Christianity today are doing just that—deceiving the Church of Jesus Christ.

The Evangelical church should now be renamed the “Evangullible” church because so many are deceived, and many seemingly are willingly deceived. Jeremiah 5:30-31 says, “An astonishing and horrible thing Has been committed in the land: The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule by their own power; And My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?” NKJV Furthermore, why are so many teachers using “translations” like The Message and The Voice, which are demonstrably perverted for a New Age purpose.

In what is commonly called the Lord’s prayer, there is a major problem in The Message. First, I will quote the New King James Version of the Matthew 6:8-15 passage.

Matthew 6:8-15

8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

10 Your kingdom come.

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

13 And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

NKJV

Now here is Matthew 6:8-15 from The Message.

Matthew 6:8-15

8 Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. 9 With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:

Our Father in heaven,

Reveal who you are.

10 Set the world right;

Do what’s best —

as above, so below.

11 Keep us alive with three square meals.

12 Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.

13 Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.

You’re in charge!

You can do anything you want!

You’re ablaze in beauty!

Yes. Yes. Yes.

14 “In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. 15 If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.

(from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)

Do you notice any peculiar phraseology in this passage? You should. The worst of it is the phrase, “As above, so below.” This is a widely known and used incantation among, witches, Satanists, occultists, and New Agers alike. Just Google the phrase “As above, so below meaning”, and see what results the search yields you. Here are some of the results I got just typing it in different ways.

https://www.google.com/search?biw=964&bih=603&q=as+above+so+below+meaning&revid=608550214&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjqvMflyIXMAhVExWMKHSMVCGsQ1QIIZSgA

https://www.google.com/search?biw=964&bih=603&q=as+above+so+below+satanic+meaning&revid=616246549&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiKobD8yIXMAhUC3mMKHVIOBWIQ1QIIkQEoBg

https://www.google.com/search?biw=964&bih=603&q=as+above+so+below+meaning+baphomet&revid=616246549&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiKobD8yIXMAhUC3mMKHVIOBWIQ1QIIjgEoAw

The origin of this saying is attributed to a man named Hermes Trismegistus. Various sources confirm this, although I cannot advise one to go to the following websites, I include them here for the strong believer to simply confirm that I’m not making this up.

The Hermetik Library of Hermetik International. (http://www.hermetik-international.com/en/media-library/)

The Hermetic Library. (http://hermetic.com/)

The Hermetics Resource Site. (http://www.hermetics.org/)

The Corpus Hermeticum at The Alchemy Web Site. (http://www.levity.com/alchemy/corpherm.html)

You can also find an introduction to Hermeticism at Wikipedia, although I have an inherent distrust of the website as a whole. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermeticism)

This is just one problem with this purported “Bible.” There are many others that in their own way are just as bad. For instance,

Ephesians 4:6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. NKJV

Ephesians 4:6 one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness. (from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)

As you can see, what Eugene Peterson has done with the text bears no resemblance to what is actually in the biblical text at all. It’s just his idea thrown in. And is God present just in all believers, or is He present in all, as

The Message says. That would be the teaching of Panentheism, that God is present in all. Whereas, Pantheism teaches that everything is God. Either way, it’s a problem.

I trust no teacher, preacher, or author who uses The Message and The Voice because they are misled, or misleading the flock of God. There are too many good, legitimate translations on the market to use such rubbish, and call it a “Bible translation.” Even good teachers like Chuck Swindoll, David Jeremiah, and John Bevere, who have done much good in and for the Christian church are using these now, and they are undermining their ministries in the eyes of anyone who knows anything about Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, Bible translation, or sound biblical theology. Of course, no one who knows anything about the Bible should trust Rick Warren because he quoted a New Age proponent by the name of Dr. Bernie Siegel in his book, Purpose Driven Life. On page 31, Warren introduces the idea of hope with the following statement.

“Hope is as essential to your life as air and water. You need hope to cope. Dr. Bernie Siegel found he could predict which of his cancer patients would go into remission by asking, ‘Do you want to live to be one hundred?’ Those with a deep sense of life purpose answered yes and were the ones most likely to survive. Hope comes from having a purpose.”

Yet Warren never warns his readers that Dr. Bernie Siegel, while perhaps being a fine doctor, is also a major New Age leader, and has great influence as a spiritual leader. In fact, Warren Smith tells us that Dr. Bernie Siegel has a spirit-guide named George. That’s a familiar spirit, a demon (Smith, Warren, “A Wonderful Deception: The Further New Age Implications of the Emerging/Purpose Driven Movement. Lighthouse Trails Publishing. Eureka, Montana. 2009. 1st edition. 3rd printing 2010. pg. 16).

In fact, the “translation” being called The Voice is a handbook for New Age spirituality, the radical environmental movement, and other far left ideas well outside the mainstream of biblical Christianity. Some of those involved with it are Brian McLaren, Chris Seay, and David B. Capes.

One problematic example from The Voice is found in 2 Peter 3:18. Where the New King James Version says, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” NKJV However, The Voice reads, “Instead, grow in grace and in the true knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus, the Anointed, to whom be glory, now and until the coming of the new age. Amen. (VOICE). Now you can do all the double talking you want, but those two translations are nowhere near the same, nor do they convey anywhere near the same meaning and intent. Until the coming of the NEW AGE? So I guess His glory ceases at a point in time. Until the coming of the NEW AGE is not the same as both now and forever. Forever means forever, and not until the coming of some new age.

In context here’s how they both read.

2 Peter 3:14-18

14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;

15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation — as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,

16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;

18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. NKJV

2 Peter 3:14-18

14 So, my friends, while we wait for the day of the Lord, work hard to live in peace, without flaw or blemish; 15 and look at the patience of the Lord as your salvation. Our dearly loved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, has written about this. 16 He says essentially the same in all of his letters, although uneducated and unstable readers misinterpret the difficult passages, just as they always misread Scripture, to their spiritual ruin.

17 So hear my final words, my friends. Now that I have warned you about what’s ahead, keep up your guard and don’t let unprincipled people pull you away from the sure ground of the truth with their lies and misunderstandings. 18 Instead, grow in grace and in the true knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus, the Anointed, to whom be glory, now and until the coming of the new age. Amen. (VOICE)

The Greek text of that phrase from 2 Peter 3:18 literally reads, “Into [the] day age.” A phrase that means eternity or forever.

It’s time we start watching and listening more closely to those who are teaching us. I will borrow and altar a phrase from the old Arthur Conan Doyle character Sherlock Holmes. Deception is afoot. It’s time for those who sit in the pews of the churches to once again become Bereans who search the Scriptures daily to see whether the things we’re being told are really so (Acts 17:11). Because a lot of what the church is being fed these days just ain’t so! Pardon the grammar, but the point is correct. Another good analogy is that we need to be like Ezekiel’s watchman on the wall, and sound the alarm of impending danger (Ezekiel 33:1-9). Yes, warn the wicked, but warn the church too because the wicked have crept in and gained powerful positions of influence and authority.

So, in conclusion, if you want to experience the God of the Bible, then open the Bible and read and study it on a daily basis. Pray daily, and seek Him according to what His Word says. Worship Him in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, and have regular fellowship with other believers in Jesus Christ.

From one sheep to other sheep to be on the watch for the wolves, for there are many.

 

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The Opinions of Men

Have you ever noticed how today’s authors, speakers, preachers, and pastors are giving us heavy doses of man’s wisdom, but very little of God’s Word? One wonders if that is because they either don’t believe and value the Bible, or if it is because they are ignorant of the Bible and it’s teachings (teachings are doctrines). Probably some of both.

First Corinthians 1 speaks of foolishness. Interestingly, that Greek word is the word from which we get the word “moron”. The wisdom of man without God is moronishness. So all the folks who deny God’s Word, thinking they’re so smart, are really just pathetic morons. We need to love them and witness to them, even if they think it’s stupid. Otherwise, they will face an eternity separated from God in hell.

Interestingly, after Paul’s disaster in Athens, he told the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 1:1-5 that he didn’t preach man’s wisdom or philosophy to them, but the Word of God in demonstration of the Spirit’s power.

So if we want revival, we need to live in daily repentence and preach the Word in demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit.

I do not believe we have been promised a great revival before the Lord’s return, but if we’re going to have one, this is how it will happen, or if won’t happen at all. Repentance and teaching and preaching the Word.

Two things to consider. In Luke 18:8, Jesus asked, When the Son of man returns, will He find the Faith on the earth?” And the definite article is in front of the Word faith. Today there are lots of “faiths”, but ” the faith” is suffering loss. Also, the only revival we see promised for sure is in Revelation 7, where 144,000 Jews are saved plus an innumerable group from every nation, tribe, people group, and language. That’s during the first half of the 7 year Great Tribulation, not before.

Think about it.